Hurricane Laura has strengthened into a beast

Hurricane Laura has strengthened into a beast

Hurricane Laura intensified into a potent storm over Tuesday night — and then continued strengthening. The large cyclone packed 140 mph winds as of Wednesday afternoon. 

Now officially a major Category 4 hurricane, Laura is expected to pummel parts of the Gulf Coast in east Texas and western Louisiana before traveling inland. The National Hurricane Center predicts Laura may strengthen even more before making landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday. It could be the most powerful storm to hit Louisiana in over a century.

“Laura has become a very powerful hurricane,” the National Hurricane Center wrote Wednesday. “Even if the rate of strengthening eases, Laura is expected to be an extremely powerful category 4 hurricane when it reaches the northwestern Gulf coast.” Read more…

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